Restaurants, Pan-Asian Canonbury
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A pan-Asian pad serving decent-value small plates.

This poky new Islington spot – part of a small chain of pan-Asian restaurants – takes its name from a traditional Indonesian folk story about a little girl and a giant. The version I know (girl gets eaten, giant gets dead) is a few shades darker than the cheery tale scribed on a chalkboard here.

Foodwise, there was no scrimping on flavour but many items lacked finesse, nuances often lost in a barrage of sweetness. The meat on the barbecue ribs was nice and tender but dominated by a sugary sauce. A duck and watermelon salad was similarly overwhelmed by too much hoisin. Szechuan beef and a rendang curry were slightly more sophisticated, but by this point my palate was a bit bamboozled.

The room was busy on a Friday lunchtime, though, with many diners clearly swayed by decent prices and the charmingly ramshackle interior. They ate happily too, which makes me think Tootoomoo will do well. But my advice? Ease off on the sugar – after all, it’s the ‘in’ thing these days. Well, that and going to hell in handcart.

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Tootoomoo says
Tootoomoo Asian tapas restaurant pairs the street market flavours of Japan, China and south-east Asia with Britain's finest premium ingredients.
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By: Stephen Farmer


Venue name: Tootoomoo
Address: 278 St Paul’s Road
N1 2LH
Transport: Tube: Highbury & Islington
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £60.
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Tootoomoo is too too cool. The interiors are inspired by Asian ShophousesWhy go abroad when you can bask in this cute den. This is the 4th location which recently opened its doors last month. Tootoomoo pairs the street market flavours of Japan, China and south-east Asia with Britain's finest locally sourced ingredients.

The food is too too delicious and equally filling courtesy of Chef Ricky Pang's twist on modern Asian tapas food. The entire menu is tapas style, divided into sections and perfect for sharing. The range is extensive without being overwhelming.

Together with my friend,we choose the small plates, as we wanted a variety and a taste of everything. We ordered - Schichimi Squid, Crispy Smoked Chicken, Popcorn Shrimp, Yuzi Salmon Maki and BBQ Pork Ribs, each dish came with an accompanying sauce.

The standout dishes for me were the BBQ Pork Ribs, the meat fell off the bone with ease and the sweet and sticky char siu sauce with sesame seeds and spring onion was an excellent compliment. 

Another fond favourite of mine was the Crispy Smoked Chicken, the chicken layer was crisp to perfection and the sauce really added great flavour to the dish. 

The atmosphere in Tootoomoo was relaxed and casual. The staff are super friendly and welcoming. The food is affordable, so you definitely won't be breaking the purse strings. 

Tootoomoo also offers takeaway and delivery so if you are lucky enough to live nearby or on your route home then stop by and grab a bite. 

Absolutely brilliant food. A great range of pan Asian food, with a wide selection for vegans and vegetarians too. Friendly and helpful staff, couldn't recommend it more!

Delicious, fresh South East Asian flavours with plenty of veg (one of my issues with most take out is the lack of decent vegetables and salad so this is most welcome). The Shaking Beef is superb as is the Schezwan Chilli Chicken. Yum!

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